Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scores balloon in wind

DORAL, Fla.—Patrick Reed ended a long opening round at the Cadillac Championship today with a four-under 68 to take a one-shot lead as the new Blue Monster showed some bite.
Just ask Tiger Woods.

A four-time champion at Doral, the world’s No. 1 player finished off a 76 for his highest score in 40 complete rounds on the course.
He wasn’t alone. Steve Stricker, the runner-up to Woods last year, had a 77.
Masters champ Adam Scott took a big step back in his bid to reach No. 1 in the world with a 75.
Four players, including former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, failed to break 80.
Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask. opened with a 78.
Only six players finished the first round yesterday because of a storm delay lasting more than two hours.
The rest of the field who had to return this morning did not find typical peaceful conditions. Donald Trump, who bought the resort and brought in Gil Hanse for a complete makeover, described it as “bold.”
In this wind, it was brutal.
Woods played with Scott and Henrik Stenson in the traditional grouping of Nos. 1-2-3 in the world.
They all made double-bogey on the 14th hole—Woods from the middle of the fairway with what appeared to be a perfect shot into the green.
It trickled into a back bunker, and he needed two to get out.
Stenson went left into the water that typically is not in play. Scott went into the water, then clanked one off a palm tree.
Stenson stopped walking off the 15th green and said, “Are you having fun watching?”
And then he smiled as he looked back over his shoulder and said, “Because it’s sure as hell not any fun to be playing.”
Stenson, who had a shank on the second hole yesterday, birdied the 18th for a 73.
Harris English finished yesterday with a 69 (on a 45-foot birdie putt).
He was joined by Francesco Molinari, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, and Hunter Mahan.
Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald were in the group at 70, along with Miguel Angel Jimenez.
“So much for being benign conditions in the morning,” Zach Johnson said after a 70.

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